Bulls Can't Overcome Jacksonville
March 10, 2010
USF had just five hits on the day compared to 14 for the Dolphins. USF also committed three errors on the day but were the benefit of five walks and six hit by pitches that helped lead to the six runs, including four in the bottom of the sixth without recording a hit in the inning.
Brian Gilroy picked up the win for Jacksonville despite pitching just 0.2 innings, while senior Joe Cole picked up the loss for the Bulls, giving up two runs in the seventh for the final decision.
Senior Andrew Salgueiro had a solid start for the Bulls, giving up five runs, but just two earned, in five innings of work while striking out six.
USF fell to 3-10 on the year, while Jacksonville improved to 7-6.
Sophomore Sam Mende drove in a pair of runs for the Bulls, while junior Stephen Hunt recorded two of USF's five hits.
Jamaal Hawkins led Jacksonville with three hits in five at bats, driving in three while scoring a pair.
Jacksonville struck first to open the game, as Hawkins got hit on the top of the helmet on the first pitch of the game before Dan Gulbransen reached when freshman Chad Taylor bobbled the grounder to second.
Kevin Lehane doubled past third base one out later to plate both Hawkins and Gulbransen for the early 2-0 lead.
A walk and a hit batter put the first two runners on for the Dolphins to begin the second to bring up Jimmy Howick. A poor bunt by the Jacksonville batter went right back to Salgueiro, but the USF pitcher threw the ball down the left field line trying to get Swenson at third to bring him home for the 3-0 lead for the Dolphins.
USF got that run back in the bottom of the second when freshman Sean Buckley lined a shot past the shortstop into left-center and stretched it to a two-bagger with one out, followed by a double to left center by Hunt the very next at bat.
USF cut the deficit to 3-2 in the bottom of the third when Mende jacked his first home run of the season over the left field fence.
Salgueiro got out of a jam in the next half inning when Jacksonville's Howick lined one past third and short to reach with two outs before Hawkins chopped one over Koscso's head at third and down the line to put two runners in scoring position.
Salgueiro then calmly went out and got Esterlin Perozo to hit a harmless fly to right to end the threat.
The Dolphins struck back in their next at bat when Gulbransen singled to center to lead off the inning and Adam Brett Walker sent a blast deep over the right-center fence three batters later to put the Dolphins back up by three runs, 5-2.
Jacksonville added another run in the sixth when Howick walked to lead off the inning then came around to score on three different wild pitches by new USF pitcher Kevin Quackenbush that pushed the lead for the Dolphins to 6-2.
The Bulls didn't even need to bring their bats in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game up, as three different Jacksonville pitchers combined to hit four USF batters and walk three more in the sixth to score four runs and tie it up, 6-6.
Johnson saved even more runs when he made a diving stop of a sharp liner off the bat of Ryan Lockwood to record the second out before Eric Sim hit into a fielder's choice to end the inning. USF scored all four runs without recording a hit in the inning.
Jacksonville, though, wasted little time grabbing the lead back, as Alex Swenson hit one just over new USF second baseman Luis Llerena before Glen Johnson placed a perfect bunt that Cole was not able to get to in time as Johnson was safe with a dive at first.
Hawkins then chopped a double over junior Jonathan Koscso's head and down the left field line to score the pair of Dolphin runners, but Cole got Gulbransen to ground to third with a runner on first and third to prevent any more runs from scoring.
USF had a great opportunity to tie it up in its half of the inning, but pinch hitter Jimmy Falla struck out swinging and junior outfielder Junior Carlin bounced out to second for the final out of the inning after USF had loaded the bases with just one out, the second straight inning the Bulls left the bases loaded.
Jacksonville padded its lead with four more runs in the top of the ninth as USF went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth to end it.
- Sam Mende's home run was his first of the season and sixth career dinger.
- USF scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth without recording a hit, as three Jacksonville pitchers combined to hit four batters and walk three more to score the four runs for USF.
- The teams combined to use 10 pitchers, who collectively gave up 11 walks and hit 10 batters, five and six of which belonged to Jacksonville pitchers.
- Jacksonville outhit the Bulls, 14-5.
- In one of the most evenly matched series for USF, the win put Jacksonville back out in front in the all-time series, 51-50.
- The teams combined to leave 24 runners on base - 13 by Jacksonville and 11 by USF. Six of those 11 for the Bulls came in back-to-back innings in the sixth and seventh.
- Ryan Lockwood swiped another bag Wednesday, making him 7-of-7 on the season.
- Stephen Hunt posted his third straight multi-hit game and sixth overall this year.